POEMS OF THE ORIENT

by Omar Khayyam, Rumi, Sa'di, Hafiz, Tagore, et al. | Read by David Timson, Madhav Sharma, Philip Madoc, Polly Hayes, Daniel Philpott

Poetry & Drama • 2.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1817

The word “Orient” is a nineteenth-century European term, and a concept that carries the lush overtones of mystery, luxury, and exotica. These extravagant readings of familiar Middle Eastern and Indian poets and Western poets writing about the region harken back to the “mysterious East” of yesteryear. The selections are heavy in meter and rhyme, the readings are bombastically melodramatic in a style reminiscent of Vincent Price’s in the “Thriller” video, and the musical interludes swell the pulse and the heart. It’s all horribly, almost comically, over the top, yet it works wonderfully well, too, in the way old movies and forgotten pop tunes do. The musical selections are especially good, and give focus and purpose—and balance—to what might otherwise be kitsch. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2011]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Naxos AudioBooks • 2000

CD ISBN 978-9626341568 $17.98 • Two CDs

DD ISBN $12.00

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